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RATINGS: 807   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.67   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 53   EST. CALORIES: 252   ABV: 8.4%
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We brew our beer in New York, about halfway between the hop fields of the Pacific Northwest and the hop fields of Kent, England. So we use earthy English hops to build the foundation and bright citrusy American hops to bring the noise in the rambunctious IPA we call BLAST! British Maris Otter and German Pilsner malts lends solidity, balance and bready flavors to brace up a beer that’s beautifully hoppy, strangely quaffable and oddly compelling. Minerally hop bitterness is followed by a shock wave of flavor and aroma. You won’t even know what hit you.

Malts: Scottish Floor-malted Maris Otter, German Pilsner Malt

Hops: Willamette, Magnum, Cascade, Fuggle, Aurora, Zythos, Bravo, Simcoe, Sorachi Ace, Amarillo, Experiment 6300
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4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hophead75 (2012) - Largo, Florida, USA - SEP 29, 2006
GABF 06. Aroma is of sweet pineapple/citrus. Taste is almost like a belgian with it’s sweet notes, but well hopped with citrus. BItterness is not biting and overpowering, but compliments this beer perfectly. A very interesting and good beer for sure.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
RAYBOY01 (2012) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 16, 2011
Tap Maple Tree Inn, Blue Island, IL.: Golden orange pour with moderate white haed. Nose is strongly hop-forward...citrus and pine. Flavors are similarly hop oriented...orange, lemon, pine resin...but pretty well balnced by the sweet lighly roasted caramel and toffee malt. Alcohol pretty strong and drying in the finish as well. Enjoyable hop forward IPA.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DalzAle (2010) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - JUN 22, 2014
Bottle. (8.4% ABV is listed on the bottle, so I’m not sure if this should be a new listing) Clear light orange pour, small spotty carbonation and an aroma of light lemongrass and hops. Flavor is some light malt, lemon rinds and finishes dry. Not bad, but not worth the $12/4-pack.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
NikkTwist (2003) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 19, 2013
Draft at Khyber Pass. Tulip. Hazy amber pour with a large soft off-white foam. Sweet smoked orange peels. Cloves. Vanilla. Pine needles. Lemon curd. Clementines. Honeycomb. Lychee. Pink peppercorns. Remarkably smooth with a strong bitter bite only after the finish.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Darkmagus82 (2000) - - OCT 11, 2014
Transfer from BA review on 2-17-14- Poured from bottle into a snifter Appearance – The beer pours a clear light copper color with a one finger head of a fizzy white foam. The head has a light level retention fading moderately quickly and leaving a light level of foamy lace on the sides of the glass. Smell – A nice mix of tropical fruit sweetness and hops are the bulk of the aroma. The tropical fruits are a blend of pineapple, mango and tangerine with the hop being largest of a pine aroma but also containing a rather strong and balancing grapefruit and earthy hop smell as well. With a little bit of caramel and a bready aroma rounding out the smell, a very balanced and pleasant sweeter double IPA aroma is created. Taste – The taste begins rather bready and sweet with some flavors of tropical fruits. The tropical fruit flavors are heaviest of a tangerine and mango flavor with some hints of a caramel sweetness present within there as well. Right at the start, the hops are on the lighter side being mostly of a pine and earthy flavor. As the taste advances however, the fruit flavors and the caramel begin losing ground with a grapefruit and lemon hop taking their place and becoming more and more potent as the taste moves to its end. Along with the grapefruit growing more intense, so too does the pine and earth hop tastes, which in the end, leave a slightly drier and moderately hopped and balanced bitter-sweet, crisper taste to linger on the tongue. Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the average side for an 8.4 % abv. brew with a carbonation level that is on the average side as well. While the average carbonation was rather nice for making the beer rather refreshing and for complimenting the drier flavors of the brew encountered at the end of the taste, a slightly thicker body would have likely been nicer for the blend of hop flavors present throughout the taste. All in all however, the feel was decent. Overall – A rather pleasant drinking double IPA with a fairly nice blend of hop flavors. One well worth trying.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Nickls (1973) - Alexandria, Virginia, USA - JUN 30, 2010
(Old BA rate - tap at the Brewery tasting room) Pours a very cloudy coppery orange brown hue; poured with a half-finger of pure white head with good retention. Rich maltiness is a key feature of this brew, but not really all that sweet which was nice; dank piney hops that are not nearly as aggressive as ’west coast’ versions; really lovely aroma. The aroma very much reflect the taste; remarkable balance for a DIPA, but nicely hop-forward; solid malt backing that was a tad sweet at the end, but still a nice pine burn on the back of the palate. Medium to full MF; a little soft on the carbonation. Hugely drinkable for the style, not quite a hop bomb and the strong malts do not strangle the hops

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Vighals (1972) - Sørumsand, NORWAY - SEP 3, 2014
lys gul tåkete med lavt hvitt skum. Plommer, malt, trevirke og noe honninglukt. Tidlig fruktig smak med lett bitter avslutning

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Immy (1955) - Virginia Beach, USA - MAY 3, 2009
On tap at the Flying Saucer, Raleigh. Hazed gold with a thin eggshell head. Crazy citrus nose, all sorts of scents - sour orange, floral, a bit of grass - lots of stuff going on here. Flavor follows the nose, but adds a distinct sweet caramel that offsets the hops well. Good stuff!

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
rocbyter (1953) - Waterbury, Connecticut, USA - MAY 23, 2012
Light floral hop aroma. Cloudy orange color with a large white head. Strong bitterness throughout.

4.2
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jstraw (1945) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 23, 2011
UPDATED: MAR 22, 2012 Draft at Jerry’s. Amber gold with good, creamy, white head / Bright ose of citrus and cut pine / Medium body, chewy and creamy, with fine, balanced body featuring only modestly biting hops and good, bitter, finish / Mellow flavors of orange, grapefruit, cut pine, bubblegum, and resin / Tastes like more of a regular pale than a double, with only a modest hop profile and bitterness levels. It is a very nice pale, though, with lovely flavor and balance.


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